Incredible Destinations In The Lake District Which Should Not Be Missed

Bowness-on-Windermere by Jorge Franganillo; This image was marked with a CC BY 2.0 license:


If you are on the Lake District, Bowness-on-Windermere should be on your list of places to visit. In fact, this is one of the more popular destinations that can be found in the Lakes. There are numerous activities in and around the area, so many so, that it is impossible to become bored. 

Due to the fact that this is a town, it is one of the best locations to place yourself for the full experience of the Lake District, especially if you desire a little nightlife. There are a number of adorable shops and restaurants in the area as well as the incredible World of Beatrix Potter. You will find a wide range of activities in and around Windermere as well as plenty of hiking and picnic areas around the lake. The southeast portion of the lake offers up Gummer’s How, which has some of the most incredible views of the area. 

If you are looking for one of the best places to stay while in Windermere, you will want to check out the Gilpin Hotel and Lake House. While it is a little bit of a distance from town, it is well worth it. Additionally, you may want to check out the Lindeth Fell Country House, it is just a short walk from Bowness. Some of the best options can be found right in town and include the Bowness Bay Suites, The Royal Oak Inn, as well as the Macdonald Old English Hotel and Spa. If you are on a little more of a no-frills vacation, YHA Windermere is an excellent choice. 


Many people will visit the Lakes District and never take the moment to explore the incredible village of Hawkshead. However, once you visit, it will become one of your favorite locations in the Lake District. 

Hawkshead is an incredible place to stay after a weekend of camping in the Lake District as it is a gorgeous place to walk around with so many quaint shops and restaurants. It is also home to the Little Ice Cream Shop, Hawkshead Brewery, as well as Beatrix Potter’s 17th -Century farmhouse – Hill Top. 

If you are looking for an incredible stay in Hawkshead, look no further than the YHA Hawkshead as it offers incredible value for the money and features a wonderful staff. They offer a number of rooms in addition to several glamping pitches. For those of you seeking a stunning bed and breakfast, try out Walker Ground Manor. 

Tarn Hows 

Tarn Hows is a gorgeous village and lake setting that sits between Coniston Water and Hawkshead. You can take a quick walk around the lake, which is paved, making it the perfect destination for all and is wheelchair accessible. 

This is a great small hike if you are with children or simply did not bring any hiking attire or boots. Take some time here and enjoy the incredible views and have a picnic lunch. 

Coniston Water 

Coniston Water is another stunning lake in the area in which the region gets its name. You can take some time to walk around the village or walk over to the Old Man of Coniston which features numerous views of the lake and village. 

If you desire to get out on the lake, you can choose to hire a paddleboard or boat directly from Coniston Boating Centre. They also have a number of bikes available for hire. While in the area, be sure to stop in Meadowdore Cafe for a cuppa and a bite to eat. Before you leave, be sure to grab a gooey piece of Malteser Cake. 


Ambleside can be found just north of Windermere and it is the perfect location for a short walk and take in the scenery and shops. Not far from the centre of town, you will find Stock Ghyll Force, which is a 70-foot waterfall that is absolutely stunning in the springtime when the daffodils come into bloom. 

This is one of the most popular destinations with hikers in the area, so be sure you bring the proper hiking attire here. 

If you are going to be staying in Ambleside, you may want to check out the Drunken Duck Inn, which is a hotel and award-winning restaurant and can be found between Ambleside Village and Hawkshead. 

Rydal Water 

Rydal Water is found between Grasmere and Ambleside and is a relaxing area to walk. The walking in the area is not too difficult making it perfect for families. You will want to check out the Badger Bar located in the Glen Rothay Hotel and continue throughout the area and do our own explorations. 


As you go north from Ambleside, you will come across Grasmere, which is quite possibly one of the most beautiful locations in the area. In fact, you will want to visit the Dove Cottage where Wordsworth sat and wrote some of his most beautiful and inspiring pieces. 

Another fantastic area to explore in the Lake District is Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread, which holds the distinction of offering the best gingerbread in all of the world! Is it the best in the world? That is going to be up to you to decide, feel free to try a few pieces to make sure you come to the right conclusion! 

Close to Ambleside and Grasmere is Loughrigg Fell, which has some of the most beautiful views of Loughrigg Tarn and the general area. You will also find a particularly beautiful view of Pavey Ark that looks down on Stickle Tarn.

There are many stunning places to visit in the Lake District, wherever you decide to visit be sure to check out Lake District hotel deals for the perfect place to explore this gorgeous place.